Archive for September, 2012

Monday, September 24th, 2012
Crazy Busy

I know it’s been quiet on blogville. I have been crazy busy with writing Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King and trying to fix small online fires that have been popping up rather rapidly lately. Phantom Warriors: Riot is doing better than I imagined. It just hit the 600’s on Amazon. Woo Hoo! Add in appts., movies (which is fun), dentists (which is not), many obligations, and you have a snapshot of the last seven days. Oh, and I’m also getting ready for a visit from my mom, which I’m really looking forward to, but does take planning. I suppose I should be grateful that Jury Duty fell through for today. Sigh. Whew! Blink! Blink! Blink! :-O

I wish I could say that things will change, but to be honest they probably won’t. I have to finish this book. I have a book in the queue that I need to go over edits, so that I can release it in paperback. I have another one that needs to be sent out to an editor, so it’s ready to go by Romantic Times next year. I have two reversions of rights’ letters that need to go out…again. You get the picture. My guess is though that you’d rather I finish the books, instead of blogging about my rather boring, work-filled days. So that’s what I’m going to do. Ciao!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Happy Anniversary To Me

Today is my anniversary. It’s so hard to believe that dh and I have been married for so long. It doesn’t seem possible, considering how ‘young’ we are. *ggg I woke up to a beautiful bag that held two of my favorite perfumes. Can’t wait to wear them tonight at dinner.

I know I’ve been quiet as of late. The past couple of days I’ve been working on my writing craft. It helps that I’m married to a really smart cookie, who doesn’t mind explaining things to me over and Over and OVER again. I’m beginning to understand, but incorporating the changes will take time. I haven’t written in two days. I plan to make up for it today, then I’m going to print out what I’ve created thus far and go over it using the craft info I’ve just learned. I still anticipate Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King to be released in December.

On a personal note, I’m down eight pounds. Hope the scale shows a little more come Friday. I’ve been using my new treadmill regularly 4 to 5 days a week. I wish I could say that it’s because of the sudden influx of exercise, but the truth is the weight-loss is from diet. The exercise is just good for me. Blech!

Thursday, September 13th, 2012
10,000 Words In And The Book Is Humming Along

I hit the 10K mark today on Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King. Still a long way to go before I finish the first draft. I am pleased with how the book is going. It’s nice to have a smooth writing experience for once. It’s been a while, since that’s happened. I am not as far along as I’d hoped to be, but I am happy with the story thus far. I know I’m still in the honeymoon stage of the writing process. (For those who don’t know what I mean, it’s the stage of writing when you LOVE your story and you LOVE your characters.) The honeymoon stage normally ends around the middle of the book. Right around the time the REAL work begins. *ggg

Yesterday, I went out to lunch with a friend to celebrate her belated birthday. I didn’t end up getting any work done, but it was worth it. Sometimes you just have to take the time to socialize. I don’t go out often enough, but I suppose if I did I wouldn’t get much accomplished. On Friday, I’m meeting Cheyenne McCray for coffee. Should be fun. I do plan to get my word count in and my workout done afterwards.

I picked up a few of Margie Lawson’s worksheets. Her writing retreat looks great and seems like something that would be beneficial. I’ve been seriously considering hiring a writing coach. There are things in my writing that I want to work on to improve and need help doing so. The only problem that I’m finding is that most people who call themselves writing coaches are really geared to the beginning writer and the ones that aren’t, I don’t care for their writing. I’m going to keep looking though. In the meantime, I’ll study Margie’s lectures and probably sign up for one of her retreats. I’d love to hit the one this month, I just don’t think I’ll have myself together enough to do it.

Sunday, September 9th, 2012
Hades…Hades…Hades…You Sexy, Sexy Beast

Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King is moving along. I knew Hades was going to be a bad boy. I just didn’t realize how BAD he was going to turn out to be. (evil grin) I’ve had heroes skirt the ‘rules’ of romance before, but Hades is tossing them out the window and slamming the frame shut behind them. *ggg He’s doing things that I know will upset a few readers, but I’m not going to rein him in. He’s having too much fun…and so am I. I do think Taylor will be more than a match for him. She’s dated a lot of bad boys over the years. Her last boyfriend was a member of the Russian mob. She knows how to handle dangerous men and how to get under their skin. In the end, I’m not sure Hades will know what hit him.

What did surprise me was that this is turning out to be the most erotic Atlantean book I’ve written in a while. Honestly, with an arrogant King and an ex-stripper heroine it really cannot be avoided. *g Add in the infamous Pit and you just have too many opportunities to go hog wild.

I better get back to it. I’m getting ready to tackle the first Pit scene. Oh my. Fans face. Yes, I’m being a tease. 😉

Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Why Are So Many People Afraid Of Doing The Work?

I’ve been debating about writing this blog entry for a while. I don’t want to come off as snarky, but this has been really bothering me. (I’ll get into what ‘this’ is in a moment.) Last weekend I attended CopperCon, which was lovely. During a few of the talks, I noticed that some of the questions coming from the audience were questions that should’ve been answered prior to seeking publication of ANY kind. The same thing seems to be occurring on several of the Indie publishing loops that I’m on.

What I’m talking about is beginning writer questions. These questions range from ‘how do I write a query’ to ‘how do I fix a plot’. I find these types of questions, particularly the latter, terrifying. Why? Because these are the types of questions that a writer should be asking BEFORE they attempt to publish a book. These are not the types of questions that should be asked, while you’re uploading your latest novel or AFTER you’ve uploaded the book.

Let me just say that I do LOVE Indie publishing. It’s brought me a level of freedom with my writing that I haven’t had in a long time, but it IS a lot of work. I’m not one of those writers that believe Indie publishing is the ONLY kind of publishing there is in the world. If I did, I would’ve never bothered to shop/and sell my work to New York. That said, I am seeing some disturbing trends with Indie publishing that wasn’t as prevalent in New York publishing. A lot of Indie writers are skipping the ‘WORK‘ in their rush to publication.

What do I mean by the ‘work’? I mean that a lot of Indie writers aren’t taking the time to learn HOW to write a book. Because of the ease of publication these days, they are skipping that step…that VERY IMPORTANT step and jumping right into releasing a book. This isn’t good for Indie publishing or the authors doing so.

I realize that we live in a time where everyone expects things to come easy–and quick. Technology has trained us to be instant gratification monkeys, constantly pressing a button for more bananas. We want what we want and we want it NOW! I LOVE technology, but it’s important to remember that most things worth achieving require a LOT of work. Do you think that the iPad and those Apps happened overnight? Do you think that the PS3 and those games were developed in a month? The ease of use makes it easy to forget that those items took people YEARS to create. There was planning, studying, programming mistakes, and starting over multiple times before any of the above products took shape. There were no ‘quick fixes’.

Every successful writer that I know has either taken classes, attended workshops, or studied the genres in order to write well. This is not something they did for a month or two, this is something that they did for YEARS. In fact, most writers I know (myself included) continue to study craft. They NEVER stop. Why? Because you can ALWAYS get better.

I know Indie publishing is alluring. Really. I get it. But you do yourself, and your readers, a disservice by not learning the basics. These days with free workshops and online classes, there is no excuse to not do the work.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
Facebook Is Not My Friend

Lately, I’ve been receiving a lot of invites from friends on Facebook. I think it’s great, but I’m probably the last author on the planet who is NOT on Facebook. I’ve chosen not to join Facebook for various reason, but the main one is I don’t have time for anymore social networks. I’m on Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads. Goodreads, I do for myself. I needed a place to keep track of the books that I’ve read or am in the process of reading. Prior to Goodreads, I kept sheets of paper with my latest purchases, TBR’s, and completed books. I go in every once in a while and update my list and leave a few reviews. I don’t do bad reviews because frankly I don’t finish books that I do not like. Is that a copout? Possibly, but it’s the truth.

Now getting back to Facebook, I get that it can be a fun place to connect with readers and friends. I really do, but I can barely keep up with my blog. I’ve had authors tell me to sign up and just have my tweets or my blog entries go to my Facebook page. Seems reasonable, but also boring if I’m never dropping by the page. Maybe someday I’ll change my mind, but for now, I’d rather focus on the books that I need to write and leave the socializing to others. 🙂

Crawling back into my cave to work on Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
CopperCon 2012

I had a good time at CopperCon 2012. It was quieter than normal due to bigger Sci-Fi/Fantasy events being held at the same time. Poison Pen was there and brought a ton of my Bloodlite 2: Overbite books. It was great to see them. I met some cool people and ran into several friends, which is always fun. I even managed to chart out a few scenes for Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King. The book is shaping up nicely. Tomorrow, I’m going to start writing it. Don’t know how long it will take, but I plan to release the book in December.